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important -- but nevertheless i wrote in that book that romney would make a great presidential nominee. i didn't know who the nominee would be. it's not a book about romney. i was proven remarkably impressionable by the 2007 book. the dean of the columbia school of journalism. the new yorkers national political reporter and always the go to guy for national political stories. the profile the in 2005 for the new yorker. it was a very nice piece. he told his liberal democratic leaders, the most influential conservative you ever heard of. okay. [laughter] that's okay, i guess. i don't really speak to the manhattan crowd, the your crowd. how many of you describe to the new yorker? i rest my case. he had read that and remembered that i've written this book about romney. what do you think now? have read the book. no, i haven't. go back and read in and coming back. he did. he called me back in about a week. what do you think of the book? we talked about it. in fact, i made predictions about this campaign which have come to be true, how ban would be mitt romney's greatest vulnerability. how the m
side economics dead? >> sup pry economics is true economics. and and actually excited to mitt romney running for president because bain company was one of the providers of the foundation of supply side economics. there are -- they applied it to business that. they showed how the most effectivive way for businesses to gain share market share was to cut the prices. and you could cut prices at your business gaining market share because cost drop by about 20 to 30% with each doubling of total units that sold. the cost general economies 77 scale and learning. called the learning curve and this is really the foundation of supply side economics. why when you cut taxes, which are just like a price, you reduce costs across the economy and allow the united states to expand the global share of the ever markets or enterprise and wealthy. that's why supply side economics works. it's not merely by balancing the budget or overcoming debt or one of these accounting gem micks that are often treated as conservative economics. it's opening the horizon to the economy to human creativity. and human creat
people you get to the presidential campaign and one of the things the romney campaign had to do after this summer when they won the nomination is the voter science team and increasingly that sort of function is becoming a core function of the campaign. it used to be that to the extent you had a that was less for fund-raising and you could buy them from the voters or consultants. people now have what they call different things but it's basically the core function of the modern campaign to have a discussion on the voter side crunching and processing data. >> host: if we were to go to the romney campaign, how many people -- is there a lot of young staff? >> guest: in chicago dozens of people on how you define it in the fund raising data online analytics in every state they are hiring for better data jobs and voter file managers and targeting directors that's the the bombing campaign has thousands around the country and they are directly interacting with every day. >> do you think the party of the republicans or democrats is more at that at using this technique or are they all the same le
in the areas they don't do well and coming meeting romney is horrible on civil liberties and obama is horrible when it comes to dollars and cents. >> as a libertarian now, is it a little tougher to get media attention away from the two-party system and especially as the campaign goes on this fall? >> speaking for myself personally, there's probably been a 30% pickup in attention given, making the switch. so now, i think just the opposite, that it has picked up an unbelieving that when people come to recognize there is going to be three candidates on the ballot in all 50 states come in maybe one of those three, and that is going to go a long way towards garnering just a little bit of who is that person along with ron polsky pain coming to an end and by his own admission, he says is coming to an end i think that ron paul supporters would not be compromised the ergo they vote for the libertarian ticket, myself and judge jim gray. >> gary johnson, 2012 is the website.com i should say. and here is the cover of governor johnson's new book, "seven principles of good government: liberty, people and po
] >> congratulations when your move to move to israel. it is not easy. i have been asked with mitt romney and obama we have enough politics. but i was walking with prime minister assure round he said politics is the pyramid. everybody wants to move up. the minister wants to become prime minister. it is the game. but i am beyond. i am working my way up. [laughter] >> thank you for coming. it is a great speech. not if israel wanted attack the reactors, five years down the road what kind of protracted conflict? it could take out the reactor but not the knowledge base, where the material that is their? idahoans strike could stop that. it seems once the cat is out of the baguette is out. >> issued not be the message of israel do saying we're not allowing iran to become nuclear. after i romney would find another country i hear from the muslim brotherhood to dislike the neighbors following the footsteps of iran. >> as a follow-up to the question in the september 3rd issue of "the new yorker" from david grossman, a one to get your reaction. earlier this month a former head of military intelligence told the je
am optimistic. i think romney will win the election, but she will find democrats support. one of the things we had none is in terms of entitlement, this attitude that we must raise the retirement age to 85 and shoot grandma says she can't take any more medicare and roth a cliff or something like that. they're very positive reforms. i mention cell phone. why can we get back the same creativity in health care to create more health care. they get the agriculture, but then we have no more obesity. they'll be serving. in terms of food, without agriculture produce the food, companies process the food, deliver the food. casinos and restaurants and supermarkets and grocery stores sell the food to everything from food banks to food stamps to do with it. why can we do this thing and health care so people get the basics and get real free markets? i live in new jersey. you got me going on this. this is immoral. i can buy a perfectly good health insurance policy, even less than wisconsin. i can buy a car, but not the insurance. want to open up nationwide shopping and get hundreds of compan
that president romney would have either but i guess we will see. so you know, getting this stuff may be a function of personality and barack obama is perfect for this but actually putting it out was a little trickier. i want to show you something that hasn't been seen that much but it's backstage footage from a few days after the announcement starts like in 2007 a february. there is a date on the front of it so embarrassingly enough we can look to see what it was. was that the third or something? i don't know but this is remarkably the same guy with the hair that you see any sort of wonder with what was changed to have people want to release the stuff so let's just take a look. >> there are so many people. this is reggie. reggie played basketball and football for duke. actually tried out for the dallas cowboys. >> and the packers. >> and the packers. he concluded that he was better off in a political career because, although this is a contact sport, you don't break bones in politics. so reggie you can say something. >> this has been a great experience in politics, unlike sports, you
] it is a cheap joke and i apologize but it does remind me. everybody knows mitt romney is having a rough patch as presidential candidate but a sentence i have not heard a word anywhere if only donald trump had been the nominee. because as you recall he sort of built this campaign around the idea that barack obama was born in kenya or some wherever than the united states, but the campaign did not take off and mitt romney is there for better or worse and in all seriousness when barack obama's parents got married in 1960i think it was, because it was in hawaii, that wasn't a freudian slip, that was just wrong to got married in hawaii and there were people in prison in this country for the racial intermarriage. it was illegal in 1960, and it just gives you an idea of how much the country has changed in a good way. but, right after richard nixon became president, four vacancies appear on the supreme court. you never know how that will work. jimmy carter was the only proven to serve a full term without having a single nominee. but richard nixon was on the president for five and a half years. you wil
, everybody knows mitt romney is having a rough patch as presidential candidate, but all right, all right. but a sentence i have not heard uttered anywhere is, if only donald trump had been the nominee. [laughter] because as you recall he sort of build his campaign around the idea that barack obama was born in kenya, or somewhere other than the united states. but that campaign could not take off exactly. mitt romney is therefore better or worse. and in all seriousness, when barack obama's parents got married in 1960, it wasn't in kenya. it was in hawaii. they got married in hawaii. there were people in prison in this country for racial intermarriage. that's no joke. it was illegal in 20 states in 1960, and it gives you an idea of how much the country has changed in a good way. but right after richard nixon became president, for vacancies appeared on the sprinkler. you never know how that's going to work. jimmy carter is the only president in american history to serve a full term without having a single nominee. there were no vacations while he was there. richard nixon was only president f
're not going to have four more years of obama. >>> wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet in the first presidential debate. the news hours jim lehr moderates. watch and engage with c-span including the live debate preview at 7 p.m. eastern, debate at 9, and post debate, calls, reactions, e-mails, and tweets. follow our coverage on c-span, c-span radio, and online at c-span.org. now on booktv, peter takes about why our economy produces great wealth and great poverty at the same time. he offers suggestions on how to improve the conditions on tens of millions of americans living below the poverty line. this is about 50 minutes. >> well, thank you so much, debra. i am totally delighted to be here and thanks to busboys and poets for allowing me to be here, to talk with you, and, of course, thanks to all of you for coming. i see a lot of -- a lot of friends, some of my students are here. they already got their grades so no -- [laughter] nobody was threatened. this is -- we could spend a lot of time talking about how bad things are now, but we all know. it's a terrible time for a lot of reaso
to giving tax breaks to the wealthy contributors. and that romney's current tax plan is a case in point. it would increase the deficit by $6 trillion over 10 years. ask yourself now, which loophole is he going to cause to make up the difference? he doesn't say and there aren't enough loopholes to do that in any case. most middle-class people like you do not consider the mortgage interest deduction to be a loophole. unlike the deductibility. and in the recent past, congressional republicans have refused to repeal that even the egregious tax loophole a corporate jet to the deficit claims are essentially fraudulent. it's simply bait for the rooms. and yes, they consider all of you to be potential. chapter five of the book describes republican tax policy as follows, quote, although you won't find it in their party platform, the gop's mission is to protect and further enrich america's plutocracy. the parties caterwauling about deficits and debt is so much eyewash to bind the public. in reality, republicans act as bellhops for corporate america and the super rich behind those corporations. in
if you look at what they have said on this issue, both obama and romney's plans are vague. if i were moderating the debate that is coming october 3rd, i would spend about half of it asking them what would you do specifically. give us the diagnosis of the plan -- [applause] and tell us what you're really going to do. and part of that question is there has to be a willingness to compromise, and there has to be an innate willingness to do things that are painful for your side. i'm going to stop there, and we'll do questions. one more story. remember years ago the head of simon & schuster after i had published one of my books took me to dinner in new york city at one of these restaurants where you would never want to go where you have to pay. [laughter] and he said what's your next book going to be about in and i said, oh, well, i haven't decided. i'm going to do some thinking, some reading, some research. and he looked at me and said, what? i said, yeah, i want to do thinking, reading, reporting, weighing the alternatives, and he said why are you going to waste your time? [laughter] i s
in the white house to acknowledge that. mitt romney who is running, the republican nominee this year's father was identified by eisenhower in the early 60's in michigan and promoted romney's fortune. the idea is that the power of the presidency and control of the executive branch the republican party in the 1950's have an opportunity to train a whole cadre, thousands of future leaders who would go out or make a difference in the future and i think that is one of the great accomplishments abetted administration. it was early republican administration governing against the new deal tied, governing sensibly, governing in a bipartisan way and getting a lot done and governing well but above all promoting and creating opportunities for people down the road and i think they succeeded really well. see our next question comes from steven right here in civil -- silver springs maryland in the suburbs. high steven. >> caller: i would like to ask particularly david and julie, someone who is writing his own book on president nixon, i would be very interested to find out what if any advice president eisenho
a suit or why as governor romney wearing jeans? i had a candidate who was known for wearing gucci loafers. that is the only example i can think of. >> jimmy carter wore the blue jeans. but nothing like what women go through. since kathleen sebelius told of the debate and that ap writer talk about the color of the toenail polish. this was the lead. if you remember when michelle bachmann was running there were photographs of the fat -- french nails if it was appropriate the way they were shaped. then nancy pelosi when she first became speaker there resists series of snapshots wearing pearls. nobody has ever done six types of necktie is. but what you wear can send a message but four men there quickly pushed aside. more casual or uptight but dianne feinstein has fine fashion taste early in her career headed tough time to get people to think she had any understanding of the problems of sand princess go because her attire screamed she was from a wealthy part of the city. heard tire was sending a message. >> what are the other key differences women face other than men? >> there are so many. [lau
romney and obama, but nobody has spoken at either of the conventions engines the word supreme court. so, you know, i hope this means you're interested in if and the subject to kind of think about it. it's jury, very strange. one thing i will mention is there is an incipient debate going on in the country over the life tenure for the supreme court justices. nothing is good change right away but it's a conversation that we haven't heard for quite a long time if ever. the emerging democracies of the world and many older democracies, to back have constitutional court's have adopted many ideas from the u.s. constitution and the the u.s. supreme court. one thing is life tenure for the court judges. they all of either a term of years or in age limit and so scholars and politicians started to scratch their heads and say the life tenure on the supreme court really most serves the interest of the public. for one thing, if the had a term of years or age limit i think we wouldn't have -- it would certainly lower the temperature of the confirmation battles because you knew you wouldn't be investing
to be one the israelis are looking at, if they knew that romney was going to win and are confident they could wait for 2013 they would rather do that because then the u.s. would probably join in. but that's a chance i don't think they feel are necessary can take so they're going to take a fresh look at any early october, their plans are in place. and they have a higher opinion of chances of success the obama administration has, or other quarters. >> i'm skip gilleland, i'm one of the board members here at the discovery institute. i'm an engineer and i have a little bit of expertise in commercial nuclear power. i think it's important to understand, and i don't think you're saying this, but it's important to understand that in order to destroy israel, or even tel aviv for that matter, it's going to take multiple thermonuclear weapons, and none of these terrorist regimes have the capability of delivering anything on that scale. so i think the worse case scenario is to be some cheesy science project dirty bomb or something with low you but you float into the seattle harbor or whatever
foundational text. his opponent, governor romney assuming he takes mormon theology seriously does in fact treat the constitution as a sacred foundational text. that is what the book of mormon says. forget the fact that the constitution is woefully in nondemocratic. perhaps that truly doesn't matter. the new book begins and certainly friedman's and my focus is on the degree to which people are fundamentally dissatisfied or worse with the current operation of the american system of government. how many of you agree with a 61% of polled americans that the country is going wrong direction for the political system is proving inadequate to engage in necessary terms? whatever your own major concerns might be? were you a drought-stricken farmers you would i suspect the furious beyond belief at the irresponsibility of the present congress taking an election campaign recess instead of tending to those national priorities. some persons tie the drought to human cause global warming. one sees a totally non responsive congress. if one is more of a political right and i would insist that my book independently
for romney and santorum and ron paul and newt gingrich, up until super tuesday they had spent a total of all the candidates of $53 million. and that one weekend they raise $100 million. they are huge to they will say and they will do anything. of course, it's a lot easier for the now since citizens united because you're not on raise unlimited corporate money but you don't have to report which corporations obtained which bills. but they also couldn't do it wi
about mitt romney's background, what he did ack chapping of hair. welcome michelle obama was the director university of chicago medical center and she's been left alone about what she's accomplished in taking care of people with limited resources, limited incomes and that's extremely important, especially since health care is a huge issue at the present time. >> both sides. >> hi there, charles smith. let me try and frame my question. i mean, you are proposing a number of structural changes, which i hope would make a difference. just assuming for a second they did come in the question i have is in a democracy, essentially the median voter makes the difference. so changing any of these laws in terms of voting, in terms of primaries regardless, ultimately it's going to be changing the median voter. and there is a lot of evidence, like you say with your example of the commission on the defense, a nevada social finance says he simply living to two different universes. so it strikes me that change anything really fundamentally means we have to change attitudes. sabato says tha
the society. it then becomes the coin toss. do we like mr. romney? we like mr. obama? do we prefer republicans to democrats? is the system cannot be debated, because everybody agrees the two parties will there be focused elsewhere on things like whether you can have a gun in the back of your truck or whether you do or do not approve of gay marriage, or a whole host of other issues whose importance i am not disputing, but issues get us away from this thorny problem of how economics and politics are articulate and there's a desire to sit in a society that that simply be ruled out of order. >> the five corporations that dominate what people in this country see here and read have perfected the art of propaganda in manufacturing consent while simultaneously criticizing dissent. but i want you to talk about the very origin of this, which could be traced to the much revered and in my view, much overrated founding fathers of any political rally. people talk about them in hushed tones. but let's hear what they have to say about these kinds of issues. james madison, who wrote the federalist papers, prin
broadcast in some of the battleground states like this area is the china commercial, mitt romney accusing president obama of allowing the chinese to cheat as it were, and that manufacturing jobs for the first time, more manufacturing jobs in china and the obama administration's responding. is that a fair fight? is that a fair issue? >> guest: you know, china has to live up to its obligations under the world trade organization like anyone else, but, you know, here we in the mall, washington monument there, white house there, constitution avenue. when you see the chinese feeling what really is of value, it's hiding in plain sight, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights, then you should start to worry, but if they cheat here and there, they take the next thing we produce because we have that incredible foundation here of rule of law, protection of property, and a wonderful society that spins off innovation. >> host: michael, do you foresee china becoming the world's largest economy, and is that a bad thing? >> guest: it's not a bad thing for china to become the world's larges
romney, barack obama wins the contest every time. why do you think this? it's a pretty big gap between the candidates at this time. >> guest: i was shocked by the public opinion polls that barack obama and i can't see why because the democratic convention the achievement a tactic that is killing them lowden. >> host: that's the thing most people remember but i also think that obama has been on the front page in terms of foreign policy and retired in terms of the foreign policy that's not what the leader does. >> guest: leader needs to decide the crisis in the euro that can feel like they've done. we have a joblessness crisis right here the president could pick the would resonate with the public and championed them instead of taking obscure from the progressive wish list like health care reform. >> host: we have only a few minutes left. tell us about the biggest conclusions from the book and what you might do next. >> guest: you write in a book to answer a big question. you play detective for a year or so. you want to spend some time thinking about something else but it's a great surpri
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